At Cypriana, good vibes with uneven food and service

Source: Baltimore Sun - Food & Dining

Restaurateurs Maria Kaimakis and Vassos Yiannouris have to be some of the nicest people in town. As you watch them in action, they exude joy and energy.

In February, the married couple opened Cypriana in Tuscany-Canterbury, where you can find them welcoming new diners and warmly greeting faithful…

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New and Necessary: G.A.Y. Lounge in Mount Vernon preps for Pride

Source: Baltimore City Paper - Eats & Drinks

The sounds of a hammer slamming nails into the frame for a new fancy DJ booth and power saws slicing through wood battle the humping beat of Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s ‘Relax’ at G.A.Y Lounge about a week before Pride and just a couple hours before the new Mount Vernon polyglot queer spot opens…

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Fast-casual Urban Bar-B-Que should satisfy your barbecue cravings

Source: Baltimore Sun - Food & Dining

If you’re in a hurry to grab some ribs and pulled pork in Upper Fells Point, Urban Bar-B-Que Co. has you covered.

The fast-casual chain opened its first Baltimore store in late April.

The menu focuses on a variety of barbecue styles, served as craft plates where you choose your meat and side dishes,…

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Fast-casual Urban Bar-B-Que should satisfy your smoked meat cravings

Source: Baltimore Sun - Food & Dining

If you’re in a hurry to grab some ribs and pulled pork in Upper Fells Point, Urban Bar-B-Que Co. has you covered.

The fast-casual chain opened its first Baltimore store in late April.

The menu focuses on a variety of barbecue styles, served as craft plates where you choose your meat and side dishes,…

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At Port Public House in Locust Point, good will and good food

Source: Baltimore Sun - Food & Dining

This unassuming corner building in Locust Point has been a neighborhood tavern for as long as anyone can remember, even if its name has changed. Its legacy continues with its recent rechristening as the Port Public House, formerly known as JR’s Bar & Grill.

Its new moniker reflects a connection…

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On higher ground, Snyder’s Willow Grove still offers dependable dining

Source: Baltimore Sun - Food & Dining

There’s nary a willow tree in sight, much less a grove. But Snyder’s Willow Grove Restaurant has settled comfortably into an Anne Arundel County shopping center on higher ground.

After its eighth flood, the 80-year-old family-owned restaurant moved to Glen Burnie in 2014, about a mile and a half…

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On higher ground, Snyder’s Willow Grove still offers dependable dining

Source: Baltimore Sun - Food & Dining

There’s nary a willow tree in sight, much less a grove. But Snyder’s Willow Grove Restaurant has settled comfortably into an Anne Arundel County shopping center on higher ground.

After its eighth flood, the 80-year-old family-owned restaurant moved to Glen Burnie in 2014, about a mile and a half…

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Canton’s Cask & Grain Kitchen keeps it real

Source: Baltimore City Paper - Eats & Drinks

When you think of farm-to-table restaurants, Canton Square, with its slew of sports bars, isn’t exactly the neighborhood that comes to mind. And if I’m being frank, the term “farm-to-table” itself has become as ubiquitous as “hipster” over the years, used, more often than not, as a branding tool…

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Holy Crepe Cafe in Canton is a great option for lunch, dinner or late-night bar-hopping crowd

Source: Baltimore Sun - Food & Dining

Matt Berry always wanted to have his own business, so when the owners of Holy Crepe Cafe in Canton decided to sell, he jumped at the chance. He took over the creperie and coffee shop in January.

Berry, 28, who lives in Canton, says his psychology degree from University of Maryland, Baltimore County…

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Brewing Change: In first Reform on Tap meeting, panelists lay out what’s at stake for MD brewing

Source: Baltimore City Paper - Eats & Drinks

Politicians in suits and brewers in T-shirts sat side by side in a conference room on the Johns Hopkins University campus, beckoned here by Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot.

“We’ve got some stiff competition,” Franchot told the group in his opening remarks, “in Virginia, in New York, and all…

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City Paper samples and reviews some new ice cream flavors from The Charmery

Source: Baltimore City Paper - Feedbag

It hasn’t felt like it lately, but we’re heading into peak ice cream-eating season. At The Charmery in Hampden, David Alima and his crew are gearing up for the hot weather by rolling out a new batch of summer-inspired flavors, and yesterday he brought some to the City Paper office to have us try…

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In the old Obrycki’s space, Angie’s Seafood offers a more polished take on coastal cuisine

Source: Baltimore Sun - Food & Dining

People still walk into the old Obrycki’s spot on Pratt Street in Upper Fells Point looking for steamed crabs. Until last fall, they were out of luck.

Now diners will find Angie’s Seafood, which opened in September, offering hard shells and numerous seafood dishes.

“We get at least one or two people…

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In first Reform on Tap meeting, panelists lay out what’s at stake for MD brewing

Source: Baltimore City Paper - Feedbag

Politicians in suits and brewers in t-shirts sat side by side in a conference room on the Johns Hopkins University campus, beckoned here by Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot.

“We’ve got some stiff competition,” Franchot told the group in his opening remarks, “in Virginia, in New York, and all…

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Pekopeko Ramen adds flavor to Baltimore’s ramen scene while forgoing cash, tips

Source: Baltimore Sun - Food & Dining

One of Baltimore’s newest fast-casual restaurants has a twist, and it’s not the noodles it serves.

PekoPeko Ramen opened in February in Charles Village as a cashless venue, meaning diners order and pay for their meals with credit or debit cards before they are even seated. The unusual part is that…

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PekoPeko Ramen adds flavor to Baltimore’s ramen scene while forgoing cash, tips

Source: Baltimore Sun - Food & Dining

One of Baltimore’s newest fast-casual restaurants has a twist, and it’s not the noodles it serves.

PekoPeko Ramen opened in February in Charles Village as a cashless venue, meaning diners order and pay for their meals with credit or debit cards before they are even seated. The unusual part is that…

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Nostalgia reigns at old-fashioned Schultz’s Crab House in Essex

Source: Baltimore Sun - Food & Dining

Schultz’s Crab House in Essex already has a lot going for it: great seafood, terrific servers and an old-time vibe. This year, the family-owned restaurant added another accolade — winner of a James Beard America’s Classics Award.

The prestigious nod recognizes locally owned places that have been…

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Like Homemade: Cypriana offers a strong taste of the Mediterranean but struggles in service

Source: Baltimore City Paper - Eats & Drinks

A hint of smoke wafts down 39th street, cutting through the mist on a rainy night, conjuring warmer, drier climes, grill-singed food, and conviviality. Follow the scent to Cypriana (105 W. 39th St., [410] 837-7483, cypriana.com), the latest restaurant to make its home in the Broadview apartment…

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Tiny space, bold flavors at Otto Turkish Cuisine in Federal Hill

Source: Baltimore Sun - Food & Dining

The modest space doesn’t do justice to the terrific food being prepared in the kitchen at Otto Turkish Cuisine in Federal Hill.

Orkun Ayrac and his cousin, Emrah Gulum, are sharing their treasured family recipes in a small dining room that was formerly occupied by the short-lived Grano Pasta Bar.

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At Rec Pier Chop House, elevated dining with a minor flaw

Source: Baltimore Sun - Food & Dining

If the last time you saw the inside of the Recreation Pier in Fells Point was on the TV show “Homicide: Life on the Street,” you’re in for a big surprise. The place is a lot swankier than its former set days as a police station.

The spruced-up 1914 Beaux Arts building — a restoration project backed…

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Ice To Meet You: Charm City gets you ice, the old-fashioned way

Source: Baltimore City Paper - Eats & Drinks

She calls them “the ding-a-lings.”

Not her funny relatives or the nosy neighbor lady down the street. It’s industry endearment for the guys who drive the snowball and ice cream trucks that cruise summertime Baltimore to bring icy treats and—instead of the tinkling bells of once upon a time—incessant,…

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Good BBQ Is Not Hard to Find: At Wieland’s in Catonsville you’re part of a secret sauce and meat club

Source: Baltimore City Paper - Eats & Drinks

Alright, so head up Frederick Road from Old Ellicott City, past that one house with the homemade Bud Light bottle wind chimes and drive maybe a mile total and stop just before you hit the big sign for Dmitiri’s (with its massive Wikipedia-esque photo of the platonic ideal of a Greek salad), then…

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Tucked within Little Italy, an Indian cuisine oasis

Source: Baltimore Sun - Food & Dining

Restaurateur Chander Shekhar became a fan of Little Italy during a visit to Baltimore and soon knew where he wanted his next restaurant to be.

“I saw so many people, customers going to restaurants,” he said. “I thought that this is a good place for me.”

In early fall, Shekhar, who operated the…

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Cafe Andamiro offers up traditional Korean food, along with more unexpected fare

Source: Baltimore City Paper - Eats & Drinks

After about a year of construction, permit-acquisition, inspections, and menu-finessing, Ran Yun opened up Café Andamiro (241 W. Chase St., [443] 453-9314, facebook.com/CafeAndamiroBmore) in a sunny, cozy corner spot on Chase Street in Mount Vernon last September. It was the same week that her…

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Café Andamiro offers up traditional Korean food, along with more unexpected fare

Source: Baltimore City Paper - Eats & Drinks

After about a year of construction, permit-acquisition, inspections, and menu-finessing, Ran Yun opened up Café Andamiro (241 W. Chase St., [443] 453-9314, facebook.com/CafeAndamiroBmore) in a sunny, cozy corner spot on Chase Street in Mount Vernon last September. It was the same week that her…

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